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Cops: Police impersonator threatens Hispanics with arrest if they don't pay

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A police impersonator, who has been targeting the Hispanic community, was arrested after he allegedly threatened to throw one man in prison for being in the country if the man did not pay him.

Even after the man complied, Atlanta police said late Wednesday that the suspect robbed him again.

Police have declined to release the suspect’s name. Instead, they are asking for help in finding and contacting other possible victims of this scam.

Investigators said on Feb. 3 a Hispanic man was approached by the suspect who they said claimed he was an officer.

“The suspect demanded that the victim give him $400 or he would be arrested for being in the country illegally,” police spokesman Officer John Chafee said. “The victim believed that the suspect was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and initially refused but then complied when the suspect produced handcuffs and attempted to handcuff him.”

He was able to get money to give to the suspect and after receiving the money the suspect frisked the victim and took additional cash from his pockets before leaving.

Investigators believe that there may be additional victims who may have been afraid to contact police.

Investigators are asking anyone who has been a victim of this crime in Atlanta call (404) 658-7055 and speak with them.

Victims of this crime should call (404) 658-7055 and ask for Investigator Yacuone (Ya-cone-ee) and reference incident number 14-033-1298. For Spanish speaking only please call Officer Antonio Gonzalez at (404) 546-6831.

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